The Korean brand has just introduced in the Philippines the KIA Soluto, a small sedan intended for Asian markets, originally introduced in the Chinese market in 2017, where it is known as Hyundai Pegas.It is a sedan of 4,300 mm in length, with an inter-axle distance of 2,570 mm, which means a large habitability, in addition to a trunk with a capacity of 475 liters.The new Kia Soluto has a lot of design in common with the models that the Korean brand sells in other parts of the world, besides the front tiger nose which is used in most of the models of the Korean brand.However, in the Philippines it is the access model of the KIA, where it has a starting price that starts from the equivalent of 43,600 reais at the current exchange rate.As for the interior, the KIA Soluto comes with a low cost design, with a simple panel and a very austere equipment. The infotainment system with a 7.0-inch touch screen, which includes compatibility with the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto systems, stands out in the central console.In addition, it has ABS brakes with EBD breathable car cover, front airbags, rear view camera, rear parking sensors, multifunction steering wheel, air conditioning and four electric windows, with the controls mounted on the center console.The KIA Soluto is uniquely equipped with a 1.4i CVVT petrol engine that develops 95 hp of power and a maximum torque of 132 Nm in combination with a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission.For the time being the manufacturer has not expressed its intentions to take this model to other regions of the globe, although perhaps the markets of Latin America are within the company’s plans.
2019 – KIA SORENTO US VERSION
KIA Motors is presenting at the Los Angeles Show the 2019 line of the Sorento. The average crossover arrives with a number of improvements in the look and finish, plus new infotainment technologies and driver assistance. In the US market, the SUV will be offered in five trim versions, with two engine options.The crossover presents slight visual changes. The main innovations are focused on the front of the body, with a more detailed grid, headlamps with LED lighting in the highest versions, redesigned fog lights with LEDs in the top-of-the-line version and a more striking format. There are also new 17- to 19-inch alloy wheels, rear lights with new internal LED design, redesigned bumper and redesigned exhaust tips.Inside, the Sorento now features changes in the center console, the air vents and the steering wheel, now four-spoke. The model offers items such as Nappa leather seats, panoramic sunroof, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, multimedia system with 7.0-inch screen, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, wireless charging for smartphones, among others.It also has a new Harman Kardon sound system with 10 speakers, 11-channel amplifier and 630 watts of power. Also among the equipment, the Sorento now offers as standard the frontal collision warning system, blind spot warning, adaptive cruise control, rear cross traffic warning, 360 degree view cameras, driver attention alert and warning output.The engine used by the Sorento is a 2.4-liter GDI block, which produces up to 187 horsepower, arising coupled to a six-speed automatic transmission. There is also the 3.3 V6 GDI block, up to 294 hp, with an eight-speed automatic transmission and AWD traction option.
2019 – KIA SPORTAGE US VERSION
After its passage through the Paris Salon 2018, the refurbished KIA Sportage will be ready to hit the market, where it will begin its trade journey from the fourth quarter of this year. This crossover is one of the most important models for the Korean manufacturer and this mid-life upgrade adds aesthetic, mechanical and equipment improvements that will surely appeal to customers.Outwardly the revamped Sportage can be recognized by its newly redesigned front bumper that now includes larger air intakes, redesigned optical groups and new antinebline headlamps, while retaining the brand’s ‘Tiger Nose’ feature.At the rear the lanterns and the bumper are new, while the exterior renovation is completed with new colors for the bodywork and new designs of alloy wheels, which according to the level of finish, are available in up to 19 inches diameter.
The interior debuts a new steering wheel as well as improvements in upholstery, trim and materials, while the most relevant improvements in the equipment include a new 7.0-inch touch-screen infotainment system and some improvements in the roadside assistance package , such as speed control with limiter, driver fatigue detector, parking assistant with peripheral camera system, etc.The most important mechanical novelty of the upgraded KIA Sportage 2019 is hybridization, as the Korean crossover debuts a mild-hybrid 48 volt system which, thanks to an electric motor-based energy recovery system, has enabled improvements in fuel consumption and emissions.A new 1.6-liter diesel engine will debut with 115 or 136 horsepower. The engines can be combined with a six-speed manual transmission or seven-speed dual clutch automatic.
2019 – KIA TELLURIDE
In an unconventional way that went unnoticed by some of the brand’s followers, KIA introduced its new large SUV. This is the new Telluride KIA, which is now a reality and has been revealed to the American public.During the last months we have been able to follow the development of this new Korean all-terrain. Anticipated by the KIA Telluride Concept, it was still unclear whether the name of the conceptual model would ultimately be retained, but so it will be. KIA’s new 8-seat SUV will be called Telluride and the first time it appeared before the public was at the New York Fashion Week 2018.For this first exposure, the KIA decided that the new Telluride would debut a very special ‘outfit’. Fashion designer Brandon Maxwell was inspired by the state of Texas for the theme in which the KIA Telluride is decorated. The idea is to convey that the car is in the Old West. The bodywork comes out painted in a dark green color that contrasts with the elements in a copper tone. The steppe, stairs to access the roof of the vehicle and the extra protections give you a more adventurous and rude air.The 265/50 R20 off-road tires that surround the wheels, protections in the lower parts of the vehicle and the breathing tube to cross small rivers, make it clear that these are not purely visual modifications. With this setup, the KIA demonstrates the capabilities of the new Telluride away from the asphalt and in the big city.Leaving aside all those elements with which it is decorated especially for that occasion, the fact is that there are no surprises in relation to the photos of prototypes that have emerged recently. If we compare it with the conceptual model, the biggest changes are in the front and rear of the vehicle. It premieres headlights and lanterns, grille, bumper and other components with which it rationalizes its image and adapts to the canons we know for a production vehicle.If we pay special attention to the interior of the KIA Telluride, in addition to natural wood inserts, double-stitched leather upholstery and the choice of colors, the cabin offers a warm, comfortable and above all technological environment. The huge touch screen that crowns the center console and instrumentation frame helps create that feel.Another fact that has been confirmed by the KIA is that the new Telluride will be propelled by a V6 engine. What is certain is that the brand did not give more details about the mechanical part, although we can expect it to be a 3.3-liter TwinTurbo V6 engine with about 370 hp, which had been reporting different information. The engine will be coupled to an automatic transmission.The production of the new KIA Telluride will be in the plant that the brand has in the state of Georgia, USA. Soon KIA will release the remainder of the missing information from its new SUV which, remembering, will in principle be sold only in North America.
2018 – KIA K5
The KIA K5 facelift has just been introduced in South Korea. This is the Korean version of the model known here as KIA Optima, so the new K5 advances the news that this model will be available in other markets.The new KIA K5 has a lot of news both aesthetic and technical, however, at first glance is not very different from its predecessor. As with any commercial mid-life upgrade, the K5 has undergone some touch-ups in a number of small areas, but its technical base and the vast majority of its body panels remain the same.The changes mainly affect the front and rear, where new bumpers, optics and inserts come in. As in the case of the front grille, which, despite still having the same profile, loses its usual shape with trapezoidal motifs in favor of more classic vertical blades. The headlights are a similar case, at first glance they are identical, but the interior elements have changed in shape and distribution.The front bumper has been well modified, the lower central opening is larger in size and features a trapeze shape, with two very steep side pillars. Next to them arises a large air intake with large auxiliary headlights, now of straight forms instead of circular ones. As we can see in the detail images below. In the rear the bumper has also been modified, but only slightly, since the part that presents more news is the lower, now revealing an aggressive diffuser with visible vertical blades and a chrome exhaust.Inside there are not so many changes, but the new K5 has a redesigned steering wheel and in the catalog we find new color options for upholstery and coverings. In the same way, the equipment was expanded and the infotainment system was improved.This presentation brings forward the new KIA Optima, which should have the same aesthetic and equipment improvements as the Korean K5. Its release will be sometime in 2018, so it will certainly be featured in any of the upcoming major European or US salons.
2018 – KIA LIGHT TACTICAL VEHICLE
KIA is one of the largest Korean-origin automakers operating globally, along with Hyundai, where together they form a strong auto group. In its current product line we can find urban, utility, compact, sedans and SUVs, including electric vehicles, but what not everyone knows is that it also manufactures military vehicles, such as the KIA Light Tactical Vehicle.The vehicle that is currently produced, which closely resembles the AM General NXT 360 from the US Army, is actually the third generation of the model that is manufactured for military applications. It is built on a modular platform that allows a wide variety of configurations in two wheelbase lengths, as well as a load capacity of up to seven tonnes.In any of its configurations, the KIA LTV is driven by a turbodiesel engine that sends 225 horsepower and 500 Nm of torque to all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission. It has the capacity to climb up to 60% and cross rivers with a hawk depth of 76 cm in the specifications of the KLTV141 armored vehicle.The functions of the KIA Light Tactical Vehicle are similar to those of a Humvee, especially in the transportation of troops and equipment. There are also other manufacturers taking their first steps in the military industry, such as Iveco with its Light Multirole Vehicle (LMV), Spanish company UROVESA with its VAMTAC, Venezuelan Tiuna and GAZ Tigr in Russia, among others. Including Lamborghini, which before producing the current Urus already had an all-terrain with military functions, the LM002, besides Toyota with its Mega Cruiser.